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    15 Reviews


    Ascensionist 30L Backpack

    Head for the high ground with the Patagonia Ascensionist 30L Daypack. Designed for scrambling, hiking, or climbing on mixed terrain, and sewn from a lightweight but rugged Cordura fabric, it's an excellent all-around climbing accessory. This year's edition touts a few changes that mostly consist of a more minimalist design; although, the asymmetric profile is the biggest improvement to the pack. This construction offers added elbow clearance for unimpeded mobility, making it ideal for climbing and fast-packing.

    In keeping with the original design, the back panel features a contoured and lightly padded design for comfort and ease of movement. Additionally, a spindrift collar opens wide for easy access to gear, and it features an integrated lid that can be secured by a heavy-duty aluminum hook and adjustable webbing strap. To secure your load, the ergonomic shoulder straps are fashioned with lightweight padding and load-lifter straps. The minimalist sternum strap and hip belt allow you to stabilize your haul with ease. Four rows of daisy chains add external attachment options that easily accommodate a rope, helmet, or pad.

    • A lightweight klettersack for speed climbing or hiking
    • Cordura fabric is tenacious and lightweight
    • Generous main compartment accommodates the gear you need
    • Zippered lid pocket safeguards small necessities
    • Ergonomic shoulder straps and load lifers for a comfy carry
    • Hip belt and sternum strap help keep your load secure
    • Asymmetric profile provides extra elbow clearance
    • Item #PAT01PN

    Tech Specs

    Responsible Collection
    Certified B-Corp
    210D Cordura (86% nylon, 14% polyester), PU coating
    30L (1831cu in)
    Shoulder Straps
    Waist Belt
    1 lid
    Gear Loops
    [front and side] daisy chain
    Helmet Carry
    lash point
    Claimed Weight
    1lb 9oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing, hiking
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Great crag bag

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This pack is awesome! I know a lot of customer’s use it for mountaineering but it’s also a fabulous crag bag. The 30L variant fit a 70m rope along with my harness, shoes, and draws. My helmet did not fit in the pack with all my gear, but there are multiple ways to strap it onto the outer body. With a rack you would definitely have to splay the rope over the top of the bag! If you’re looking for a minimalist pack this is a great choice!

    Great for Alpine Climbs

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great pack for multipitch/summits. Simple, light, stays mostly out of the way except on chimneys really. Frame sheet easy to remove if you really want to strip it down and make it super compact. Stands up to at least mild-moderate dragging on granite. Rope probably best carried inside, doesn't sit between the lid and body super well if the pack isn't stuffed. Only used for Grade III at longest so far so no notes on heavier loads.

    Phenomenal pack for its weight

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have owned the Patagonia ascensionist 45l pack for over a year now and put it through heavy use climbing, kayaking and backpacking. I was looking for a smaller pack to further cut down on weight for my summer outings and the Ascensionist 30l is exactly the same as the 45l I love in a smaller package. The pack holds more than enough allowing me to squeeze my ultralight backpacking gear and food/water for 3 day excursions 3 seasons with my climbing gear. It is a little tight but the ability to move the cinch strap closer to the lid makes a huge difference. I also can weave a 60cm dyneema sling through the side loops to create external gear storage space for jackets and layers as I hike/climb. One down side being an UL pack is the lack of compartmentalization. It can be rough trying to sift for gear in a tricky spot. Placing a white pack liner or trash compactor bag helped allot being able to see what is in the pack, it will also keep your gear dry. The bags re-enforced bottom has held up well thus far despite me abusing it. I can't say the same for some of my other packs of similar weight. The multiple ways to attach Ice axes is a plus, I am able to strap my Black Diamond Cobras or Grivel G1 without any issues. My biggest gripe despite it not being a ski pack is the lack of ability to attach skis without modifying the bag. This is not the bags intended purpose however Patagucci would be worshiped by me if they did this. If you are looking for a bag that articulates well while skiing/climbing/hiking this bag does a darn good job at that while remaining rugged enough for the environment it is exposed to.

    Hey Brent! I totally agree this is an awesome pack. I like the gear loops on the outside, nice to be able to attach things for easy access! Wondering if you might be able to rig a ski attachment through the small loops on the sides, maybe with a voile strap or something to hold them on there and carry it on in an A-Frame? Glad you are stoked on your pack!

    Lightweight, minimalist pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Full disclosure...I haven't used this pack yet. But I have gotten out all my climbing gear and stuffed this pack. The 30L is perfect for what I was looking for. Full rack of gear, harness, helmet, snacks, water, 3 jackets (for summer alpine climbs), and a bunch of other stuff. And I love the little loops on the side of the pack where you can thread some webbing through and secure your climbing rope. The pack has one huge top-loading opening and just one big storage area. So it's easy to fit all your gear without thinking about what gear goes into what area/pocket. There is a small zipper pocket up top for keys, wallet, small snacks. I think the best feature is how lightweight this pack is. Can't wait to use it to climb the Upper Exum Ridge on the Grand this summer!

    Great Climbing Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this as a gift for a friend and this is what they had to say " I love my new Ascensionist! It's super light, has great features without being over-designed, and is all around very versatile. I needed a pack that would be small enough for single day climbs but big enough for weekend adventures, and this pack is awesome for both. It was quite snug for a 3-day backcountry ski trip that also required ax, crampons, avy gear, and the rest of the essentials, but with a little creativity I was able to make it work. It would be too small for anything longer than a long weekend, but for 1-3 day climbs it's spot on"

    Nick - great review. I'm considering for a 3 day hut ski tour trip. Many have asked but I haven't seen a definitive answer. Can you attach skis a-frame style if you thread with some rope or a daisy chain? I looks like there are side loops that could work, but I need to know in advance. One other question. Can you pack a sleeping bag on top and strap the lid down to buy some extra space and essentially convert it into a 36L?

    Great Travel Pack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I used this pack as my travel pack for a recent week long trip. I was amazed at how much I could get in it, it just kept expanding as i packed more in. While I did hiking on trip I used the bag to carry water bottles for 2, a full DSLR, extra jackets and layers, and snacks. It was perfect. The zipper pocket on top was perfect for wallets, passports, and anything i needed to get to quick.

    Only drawback is lack of additional compartments to use. This just makes you did a little more to find things. Other than that I was happy as a clam.

    Minimalist Climbing

      I've been using this pack as my go-to climbing pack, and overall I think it's solid. It can take a lot of abuse and overpacking without tearing or ripping. It's comfortable to wear and the design is very simple. The gear loops on the outside are a nice feature as well. The suspension of the pack is well structured but if you have a lot of heavy gear in there and a small waist, you will find a lot of the weight sits on your shoulders. The waist strap tends to loosen up over time as well.

      That being said, I do wish that this pack had more compartments -- or really any at all. There is plenty of space in the pack for a ton of gear, layers, food, first aid supplies, etc. But without any compartments, everything gets piled on top of each other so you end up pulling out all your gear just to grab one thing, unless you pack it in a very specific way.

      Overall this is a good pack for climbing. If you are looking for a no frills, minimalist type of backpack this one is a great choice.

      Minimalist Climbing

      Good for climbing

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is really good for helping to haul up the rope to the crag. It is a big open open space with a bunch of ways to attach to the outside. My only complaint that keeps it from being 5 stars is that there is no place to put a hydration pack. There is no hole to get the straw out, and it just sits inside. So to me its really good, but you have to just dangle the hydration straw out the top of the top of the bag.

      Great pack and big improvement!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I had the last version of this pack (the 25L) and used that until it finally kicked the bucket. That pack was great. This pack is excellent! Almost perfect.

      I use it primarily for climbing adventures when there's a long hike in and/or a walk off that doesn't return to the base. Carries well, climbs well, holds tons, and is easy to load.
      I've been able to fit a double rack, personal climbing gear, water and snacks, and a layer or two without much trouble (may need to lash helmet to the outside). Pretty impressive for such a small pack.

      -climbs really well
      -holds a ton of gear for a 30L
      -reinforced at high wear spots
      -sort of stands up on its own
      -easy to load
      -compresses down if using as a summit pack on a longer trip

      I do wish this had a sleeve for a water bladder. It has a 'sleeve,' but it's more for the plastic back support thing. Also, the zipper pocket on the inside it tiny; it barely fits a headlamp.

      I'd definitely recommend this pack to any friends and none of my enemies!

      Multi-Tool Pack

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This pack is my go-to for any and all alpine adventures. The lightweight design and the added full length daisy chain allow for so much versatility. I will be heading down to Aconagua soon using this as a summit pack. I've also gotten some Winter overnighters in with just this pack and not having to worry about taking a separate summit pack as this pack is light enough to be that pack as well. I've also gotten many days in touring with it and you can macgyver skis onto it if needed. I haven't had any issue with the suspension system, even when fully packed out. I would definitely recommend this pack as it is not a one use pack, and can serve as a multitool pack for any and all alpine adventures.

      Feel free to reach directly out with any and all questions!

      Hi Travis, Curious about it's weather proofing. I'd like to find a good do it all bag that has some commuter capabilities, so i'm sensitive to carrying around a laptop that may get exposed to some rain. Would love to know your thoughts!

      Much improved over the last version

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I own several ascensionist packs, well pretty much every size, and these new ones are hands down, an improvement in some ways and lack in other ways. The 30L is an ideal size for pretty much everything, from a technical day ski tour, to an overnight summer trip. It is lightweight and the new material seems to be more durable than on the previous generation. I do miss the spindrift collar for when you are trying to get as much in it as you can, as it did keep the weather out. Also, compression straps would be nice, not necessarily for compressing the pack, but for holding skis for those needing some sort of ski carry system. I added some to mine that you can see in one of the pictures. Easy enough to do, but would be nice if if came with some sort of strap. Overall, it has been a great pack so far. I have used it extensively for the last 7 months, for those that have had durability concerns from the last generation. This includes multi day ski tours, overnight alpine trips, and technical ski mountaineering where the skis are on the pack a good share of the time. I can easily fit a probe, shovel, saw, full snow study kit, down jacket, first aid kit w/emergency tarp, an emergency sled, helmet, 30m rope, gloves, water, food, and other various items needed, all inside the pack for a general idea of what it is capable of.

      Much improved over the last version

      Great Alpine Pack

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The trend lately with alpine packs has been to create a light weight comfortable pack with minimal bells, and whistles. This pack satisfies all those needs, and does a great job in the mountains. However I wouldn't suggest this pack are your daily driver as it just doesn't have the burliness in the fabric you need to last a long time.

      Looking to round out my packs with a smaller version in 30L for multi-use days. Light days of ice, day hiking in winter and shoulder seasons, and maybe a packable summit pack.
      If you pull the foam panel out, can this be packed in say a 75L pack for use as a colder season summit pack while backpacking? I now use a Patagonia 20L black hole pack that rolls up, can’t carry crampons, snowshoes, etc though. Thanks.

      Unanswered Question

      Does this backpack have a frame? Is it comfortable when loaded ?